Riot Metasystem here to talk to you about our chat room system. Many have pointed out that there are some flaws and I'm here to discuss those issues and solutions to address them.
The official public chat rooms have grown rife with RP sellers, scammers and Elo-boost spam. The default four rooms we established can be used by a tiny fraction of our players at a time. Given the number of League players, most conversation spills into private, community-created rooms.
Unfortunately, private chat rooms and even the awesome community hubs like Dominate Dominion and Summoner School lack moderation tools beyond the ignore button. While the experience in private chat rooms is better than the public versions, we still want to provide tools to address unwelcome drop-ins and toxic behavior.
Long term we’re exploring and working on major and minor improvements to chat and chat rooms aimed at enhancing usability and adding new functionality.
As an immediate action we’re going to disable the public chat rooms until they’re useful and accessible. In their current shape they just don’t work and can actively create negative experiences for many players (especially new players).
We’ll keep all private chat rooms and messaging available to everyone, and bring the official public chat rooms back as soon as we can.
Now that we’ve talked about the current state of chat and some of our first steps, I want to explore what our goals for chat are.
We’d like to create a persistent hangout for the friends you play with. Those friends should bring in their like-minded friends as well, and the badass players you meet playing great games. While you're at it, why not invite some players from the community as well?
At the end of the day, when you log in you should feel like you're surrounded by active players that like to play League the way you do. You should be to able jump easily into games with those friends - - without having to send game invites one by one.
Whether we call them chat rooms, hangouts or communities, they could grow to serve many purposes. Players could build a community for junglers, a mentoring group, a champion theory-crafting channel, or casual ARAM or Team Ranked LFGs. Some great communities like these already exist in League but it's not easy to manage them well.
When we think about these social spaces, we think a good starting point to solve the existing problems is a solid set of tools that empowers players and Riot to create, own, and manage all kinds of different social environments.
Right now we’re looking for your feedback. Tell us what you’re looking for in our chat rooms, and how we can provide you with the right tools to make them into strong communities. We'll work on the improvements at a steady pace, and keep you posted along the way. Join the discussion below!
Thanks, Riot Metasystem
This week's free champion rotation has been posted. These champions will become free to play starting tomorrow July 1st.
Recently our familiar site LoL Pro was relaunched! Now the user guides easier to see, but more importantly shows off pro builds for each champion! Clicking on one of the builds reveals a very detailed panel showing the runes, masteries and the build path. Take a look yourself:
Upcoming Legendary Skin - Dunkmaster Darius
Riot Games - Spain showcased upcoming legendary skin for Darius on their stream! IG-Erik from Reddit took some screens and gathered the data. The skin will include:
New Ultimate Animation
New Sound FX
Riot Whist On Headhunter Caitlyn
Actually this was the incorrect UVs in conjunction with a WIP texture that accidently got moved to PBE.
The finished texture work will be arriving shortly.
They've tried defending it by saying "BIG BOOBS and MINI SKIRTS DEFINE CAITLYN"
My intent when I made the post you're referring to was not that it is what defines Caitlyn, rather it was pointing out that base Caitlyn also has a boob window and a skirt on. I later posted in that thread to confirm that yes her main reads are hat and gun and I was just responding to mention of the other things. That post was intended to provide context and reasons for those elements appearing in the skin.
Everybody working on the skin is pretty happy to see Caitlyn a bit more armored up - she feels more badass and powerful. I think the version we have now will make a lot of players who took issue with it happy.
For a little extra context on it:
She lost armor in production as we worked on ways to make sure she was still readable as Caitlyn (her legs and arms became more bare for the color contrast to help the gun pop). We're changing her because we do agree with the complaints she is getting, exposing skin to make the gun pop was, in the end, not the only way to make her read correctly.
And this is why we have PBE, it's not just for balance changes. We want this feed back so we can fix red flags before the skins go on sale. We are extremely open to community opinion and I hope the skin update helps prove that.
I'm also working to try to better word posts in the future so players can more easily understand my points and not accidentally take it out of context.
Compete In A League Tourney!
We know that finding the right tournament experience can be pretty tough. To make organized competitions more accessible, we directly support and promote community-run tournaments through our North American prized events program.
So, why do we do this? We want every player who’s interested in prized events to have a chance to compete. We’re also big fans of tournaments because they give players a chance to test their skills, meet other passionate players, show some team pride, and win awesome prizes.
Here’s how the North American prized events program works: third-party organizers register their tournaments with us, we list approved tourneys on our site for players to sign up, and then we sweeten the prize pool with RP and skins.
You don’t have to be Diamond to compete! There’s a tournament out there for you, regardless of your ranking, location (most events are online), level of commitment, and whether you’re LFG or you’ve already formed the perfect stomp comp.
To get you started, we’ve profiled three organizations that deserve a special shoutout for the great feedback we’ve gotten about their competitions. Once you’re ready to compete, head over to our prized events page to browse available tournaments and sign up for your next challenge!
If hosting a tournament is more your thing, check out our organizer FAQ.